Graduate research assistant

Zach grew up in Connecticut and worked previously as an engineering consultant in Arlington, VA. At the University of Connecticut he worked on characterization of ferroelectric thin films as a member of HueyAFM Labs. As an consulting engineer, he acted primarily as a a firmware developer for the medical device industry, as well as a material scientist for the power industry. In his free time you may catch him on a run or desperately trying to land a good kickflip.

Education & Employment

MPR Associates, Inc.

Engineering Consultant

unknown, unknown, 2017 - present

Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

Software Engineer

San Francisco, CA, 2022 - present

Columbia University

Masters Research Assistant

New York, NY, 2020 - 2022

Columbia University

Masters in Material Science

New York, NY, 2020 - 2022

University of Connecticut

B.S. in Material Science and Engineering

Storrs, CT, 2013 - 2017


  1. Zachary Thatcher, Chia-Hao Liu, Long Yang, Brennan C. McBride, Gia Thinh Tran, Allison Wustrow, Martin A. Karlsen, James R. Neilson, Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk, and Simon J. L. Billinge. "{nmfMapping}: a cloud-based web application for non-negative matrix factorization of powder diffraction and pair distribution function datasets". Acta Crystallographica Section A . 73 p. 242-248 May 2022 download doi